What is virtual dermatology?
We’re excited to announce a partnership with DermCafé—Canada's Virtual Dermatology Clinic where you can book a virtual visit with a Dermatologist in less than one week!
Dermatology is one of the few visual specialties in the field of medicine. That means that often a diagnosis can be made by simply looking at the skin. This makes dermatology uniquely effectively for virtual care.
DermCafé uses their PIPEDA-compliant photo-platform to enable safe and effective care.
How does it work?
- Get a referral. For your dermatology appointment to be covered by OHIP or UHIP you will first need a referral from a doctor. You can ask for a referral from your family physician, one of DrugSmart's on-call physicians, or one of DermCafé's family physicians.
- Book your dermatologist appointment. Once your doctor submits your Online Referral Form to DermCafé you will get an email link to book your video visit with a Dermatologist. You must register using this specific email link.
- Get a diagnosis via video call and submitted photos. Your prescriptions are delivered for free to your doorstep courtesy of DrugSmart.
Learn more at BeDrugSmart.ca/pages/dermatology.
What types of skin conditions can DermCafé treat?
Since starting in May 2020, DermCafé has seen over 2000 patients! Below are examples of common conditions that a DermCafé Dermatologist can treat:
Allergic/irritant contact dermatitis
Superficial skin infection (e.g. athlete’s foot)
What happens if I need an in-person visit?
Most Dermatology visits can be resolved without in-person contact. If, however, you require in-person care (e.g. for a skin biopsy), DermCafé will facilitate a seamless transition to an appropriate physical Dermatology clinic. Your Dermatologist will inform you of the next steps.
If you have no access to a Dermatologist within reasonable proximity, they work with local primary care physicians to guide your care in a safe and timely fashion.